Have you ever noticed what happens when your favorite song comes on the radio?
Maybe you start tapping your foot or clapping your hands. In some form or another, you start moving. Why is that? Because our favorite songs give us energy.
There is evidence to support this too! Many studies have been conducted on the power of listening to music while exercising.
One study conducted at Hampden-Sydney College in Virgina found that students traveled 11% further while listening to music than listening to silence or static. Additionally, they rated their levels of exertion as lower than the students who listened to silence or static.
This study demonstrates that those who listen to music while exercising are able to push themselves further without noticing the extra effort.(source: Reuters.com
Music Helps Exercisers Go Further with Less Effort By Alison McCook)
A word of caution before we go further. Keep your music at a low volume so that you can hear the sounds around you and stay aware of your surroundings. You don't want your music so loud that you can't hear traffic, animals, people or cyclists coming up behind you.
You can make your own play-list by finding songs with the right tempo that will match your walking pace. You’ll need to find the beats per minute of the song to ensure that it has the right tempo for walking.
Here is a guide for selecting songs with the proper beats per minute to match your fitness level:
Beginner (slow stroll): 115 – 118 beats per minute
Here's a great power walking cd you can download directly from . If you love 80's music, you'll love this CD!
How to Change The Tempo of Your Music to Match Your Pace
I recently came across an app for your iPhone or ipod called Tempo Magic Pro
that automatically changes the Beats Per Minute (BPM) of any song already loaded on your iPod or iPhone. You can set it to the exact walking pace you want and it will either slow down or speed up the songs you already listen to.
Don't worry, it won't make the artists sound like the Chipmunks or slow their voices down so much that it sounds like they are talking underwater. That's because it doesn't change the pitch of their voices.
Now you can turn all of the songs you love into great walking music for a great price.
Download Tempo Magic Pro
Why Buy a Walking Fitness Music Mix?
These specially designed mixes offer many options. Some of the options to choose from are:
Songs for warm-ups and cool-downs
Inspiration, encouragement and motivation by a fitness expert
Stretching tips and advice
Where can you find music for fitness walking?
I put together this carousel of great MP3 downloads that you can get from Amazon. Not all songs are sung by the original artists because the songs have been remade to an appropriate tempo for each fitness level. They sound very much like the originals, though.
iTunes also has a lot of great walking mixes. Some of my favorites are:
Top Rated Fitness Apps
I recently purchased an iPhone and have been having a lot of fun exploring the large selection of fitness apps available. These powerful apps can be somewhat of a virtual fitness trainer by tracking your calories consumed, calories burned and much more.
- This app is available on Adroid phones and Google Play. What I love about this app is that is provides you with virtual walking routes around the United States. So while you're walking your usual daily route, this app transports you to Washington D.C.,the Appalachian Trail or wherever you want to go. You'll learn facts about the area along the way and track your stats at the same time. What fun!
What is Your Favorite Walking Music?
Do you have a song or album that you just love walking to? Share it with other visitors and help boost their energy too!
Read Other Great Walking Music Recommendations
"Click on the links below to see some great recommendations for walking music. They were all written by other visitors to this page."
Fast/Power Walk Not rated yet The latest addition to my mix is Shakira's Waka Waka Africa. Seems to be just the right beat for the pace I set for my half hour around the block walk …
Brisk walking Music (16 to 17 minute mile) Not rated yet Muse- Uprising
--Thank you for adding these two songs to the library of great brisk walking music! --Melissa. The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com …
Brisk Walking Song Not rated yet Put your hands up for detroit - Fredde le grande
--What a great song! Thank you for your contribution. --Melissa, The-Fitness-Walking-Guide.com